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(The Geneva Project #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Trapped on a flood ravaged island full of orphans, natives and wealthy citizens of the prosperous city Lux, a young girl named Geneva finds herself enslaved at an orphanage with no future and a past she can’t remember. That all changes when she meets someone who promises her that there’s more in store for her than she ever could have imagined. Her once dull life rapidly sp ...more
Kindle Edition, 375 pages
Published September 17th 2012 by Crown Atlantic Publishing (first published September 15th 2012)
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Ben Alderson
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Such a lovely, thrilling read.
A group of teens finding their abilities on a island where they are used as SLAVES...
Fantastic describes of the magic powers... Brilliant world setting and I think this book is perfect for setting up the series..

No wonder this book has won awards!
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

First Impression: A dark cover is sweetly foreboding, and the blurb makes for an interesting premise.

Characters: Geneva and a motley band of orphans are stranded on an island orphanage in the aftermath of a great natural disaster. With a strict headmistress and even tighter schedule, the children have little time for social interaction to start asking questions. What happened to their parents? Why are they confined to the compo
Anthony Armstrong
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christina Benjamin in her novel The Geneva Project: Truth follows the journey of a young female orphan, Jane 65, on her journey of self-discovery in the tides of a society born out of disaster. Christina creates an amazingly complex world that not only captivates the reader, but acts as a perfect force to draw in the reader. As her story develops Christina expertly keeps the reader’s attention pin-pointed on new problems that 65 must over come, thus allowing specific questions that 65 encounter ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I feel so relived to have finally finished this book.

As you all might know, I don't really give out one star ratings. I can imagine the effort it takes to write and publish a book and I respect that.

This said, this book has nothing going for it. The writing is a mess. I want to take a pen and fix it. The style didn't work out for me at all and damn, I want to punch Tippy like I've never wanted to hurt a fictional character.

The characterization is so weak. I didn't care about these characters,
Jason Goedken
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Better than a lot
Crystal Collier
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
A fabulous read for middle graders and up.

I loved this book. Why did I love this book? It is SO far from the norm that it totally won me. The plot, the characters, the story world... They were all a breath of fresh air, and I breathed deeply.

In an island world where we meet a dystopian society of orphans, there is something magical and unexpected happening. A nameless girl whose identity is a number, has suddenly discovered she's the only orphan who doesn't secretly cling to a name she's not su
Maryline M's Bookshelf
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf -

When Christina Benjamin approached me for a review, she pitched the book as being a mash-up between 'Harry Potter', 'Twilight' and 'The Hunger Games' - according to a fan. Although skeptical at first, I was sold. And more importantly, with expectations that high, I wasn't disappointed... at all! I absolutely loved it.
Discovering a 'new' world created by an author is always tricky. Usually it really comes down to 'l
Melissa Burcham
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
I was given an ARC book for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.


This was a good book. It was a little slow at times, not a fast read for me, but I did enjoy the book as a whole. I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters and how they interacted. The end of the book was very surprising!

Jane #65. That is her name. That is how she is known in the orphanage. But #65 longs for so much more. All females in the orphan
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautifully defined characters and a twisting plot with plenty of danger and thrills seamlessly fill the pages of this book, with description, emotion and the discovery of the unknown. Reliance on friendships made, and the importance of learning to trust as you find your way through challenges are all high points for this book, and the solidly developed characters that grow in importance and their own talents as the story progresses.

Christina Benjamin has created a story that is both difficult
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This book was great. Besides being very well written and fun, it also had suspense , great friendship, magic and romance. I loved how the author dished out just a little bit of history at a time. This really helped me to stay in the story and not get confused or lost. I loved the friendships and they made me happy for these kids. They needed and deserved an escape from the orphan life and they have. I'd call this a dystopian/sci fy book.

Geneva, Jane 65, and Tippy are just great charact
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Review: I really enjoyed this book I felt it is quite a compelling read. The world the author creates is unique and yet very believable. I liked the idea of the orphans not named individually but all named either Jane for the girls and John for the boys only differentiated by numbers. The main character Jane 65 turns out to be the salvation of the island and is destined through magic to restore the people to an utopia type existence. Her journey of self discovery is the main plot of the story ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic first book! The book begins on an island several years after a devastating flood that destroyed almost everything and left many children orphaned and at the mercy of a ruthless headmistress. Enter the main character, who was just a baby when all of this happened, now a teenager finding out that she has powers she never dreamed of. The author uses a beautiful legend to spin the character’s story and you get to watch her come into her newly discovered powers throughout the book. The book ...more
Jan farnworth
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing start to this series which i sure is gonna be mind blowing. It starts out with these orphans who work for the entitled citizens of lux right their is where you start feeling like the hunger games in a way as the oppression of the capital weighs down on the districts. Then a slight twist of harry potter with this young orphan having these amazing powers and then you get wrapped in the uniqueness of each of the orphans that comes together to learn about their true destiny to sav ...more
Philip Benjamin
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Christina writes with passion and emotion that resonates through each character during their adventures in The Geneva Project - Truth. Geneva (Jane 65) struggles with her newly discovered abilities, but begins to grow into a strong and powerful girl, who with the help of her friends will carry the weight of many on her shoulders. Truth is a wonderful read for all ages and anyone who enjoys a well planned story. You’ll be surprised to see how everything unfolds at the end. I look forward to see h ...more
Heather Rizkallah
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jane 65 has always been a loner. Paired with her only friend Remi, they work collecting and polishing gems for the people of Lux. When Jane 65 realizes she is not normal, she starts to see people different. Soon she is paired with 3 New friends to try and understand who they are. Add Remi back in and a new found sister, 65 starts to learn who she really is. She is Geneva, also known as Eva, the savior of Lux
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book. I got a free copy of the ebook and was glad to get it loaded on my kindle. I really liked how the the main character was able to get through this. Christina really captured the young 12-13 year old girl and was able to make her quirky and have her own problems. Although the main character was immature at times, that was to be expected because she is only twelve. I really enjoyed reading the book. It was cool!
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick read for me because it was so intriguing each chapter, it really left you wanting more. I gave this book 4.5 stars because i just loved the story line and fell in love with the characters! The writing was quick and easy to read without difficulty. I plan on buying the physical copy instead of the e-book and i cannot wait until I get to the next book!
Sarah Capps
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Definitely aimed for middle grade readers, I still enjoyed reading part one to this series as an adult. The story is such that you sometimes wonder where the characters' loyalties lie in regards to "Tippy" which makes things a little more interesting as otherwise, some of the plot points seem obvious. I will definitely read the next book to find out what happens to the orphans in this story.
Teal Haviland
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful start to this series. Full review coming soon!
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hullabee Island, home to the orphans of the great flood. The children are Janes or Johns and are differentiated only by their number. Their days are spent either learning or toiling, scouring the remains of the flood for items of value for the people of Lux, the city unblemished by the disaster. Each day hoping to be adopted into a better life. Our story is about Jane #65, only a baby when the flood came, she has grown up on the island under the “care” of the Grifts from the Troian Centre. As wi ...more
Michael Wood
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very Good, Innocent, Post Apocalyptic Young Adult Novel

In "The Geneva Project Truth", Christina Benjamin has written a very good, innocent post apocalyptic novel for teens and young adults. The protagonist is a twelve-year-old orphan girl. Lacking even a name, like the rest of the orphans, she is known as Jane. The orphan girls are all named Jane, the orphan boys are all John...

Orphans are put to work reclaiming items, mostly jewels, left in piles of debris by the great flood. Half their day is
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

This book! I really enjoyed reading it because it was different that books I've read recently. It had A LOT of "childishness" (for lack of a better word) which for a little bit threw me off before I remembered how young the children were!! Some of the choices they made definitely made me facepalm.. but the story is great an really like how it slowly builds to incorporate new information. The powers that they have and the history b
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It was in the same genre I would say as the hunger games, maze runner and divergent, but it was original and a completely different story. It was fast paced without rushing things so I read it in just a few hours. The character development was nice and it wasn't too predictable. I loved the twists in the story and it seemed realistic to me. Which I love because personally I don't like it when characters' decisions seem really unrealistic or everything is just too co ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

A captivating tale of magic, friendship, a dystopian world, and finding one’s place. In a world where orphans are the lowest class and aren’t even allowed to have names our protagonist, nicknamed Tippy, must find her way in a world where nobody seems to want her. As fi being the youngest orphan in her class weren’t enough Tippy discovers she has some powers that she can barely control. A great story where ma
Teresa Derrick
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes truth is not easy to come by.

The children on this island a nd are known by numbers instead of names. They are I n an orphanage because several natural disasters hit their island. There are many things they uncover. A group of five become closer than ever when they discover they all have powers. They face many dangers in an already harsh world. If they stay together they could overcome them. I thought this book is a great read for adults and teenagers also.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The biggest problem I had with this book was that the main characters, children of the ages of 13-14, were written/put in such an adult/adolescent way/situations. Especially with Nova and 65, like, um, you think your in love with this boy, when your not sure what love is? Okay. No problem. I get the "they had to grow up fast" none spoken part, but the adult like situations still kinda got to me.

Other than that, this book wasn't half bad.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

This was a nice long read! I loved the setting of the story. It was well built and I got a good feel for where everything was. I enjoyed the character development as well. These kids have a lot in them and they're very strong!
Alicia Huxtable
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

I found this to be quite an interesting read. It was a bit of a new take on the whole magical but not knowing it storyline. Looking forward to seeing where it goes in the next book
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Enjoyable read.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ebook, fantasy, ya
The first installment of The Geneva Project throws a lot of world-building at the reader, but unfortunately, not all of it makes sense. Also, a not-always-likable main character does not help.
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